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PM covers stories across Australia and the world, explaining and analysing the most important events and issues of the day.

The ACCC releases the plan for internet giants Facebook and Google to pay traditional news outlets for their content – but will they play ball?; and all eyes on Victoria's stubbornly high COVID case numbers, as Vietnam locks down its third largest city, and Hong Kong and China battle new outbreaks.

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Three women charged by police after triggering Queensland's test-and-trace blitz; a new approach to Closing The Gap; and is the lockdown accelerating the nation's declining dental health?
Coronavirus is in about ten percent of Victoria's aged care facilities and care in two of the worst hit homes has been described as “deficient”; and research aimed at stopping viruses spreading to humans focusses on the black swan.
The Coronavirus disaster in aged care is now demanding the Prime Minister's attention, how could the dire situation in Victoria have been prevented? And are cashed up mining companies using coronavirus as an excuse to slash costs, including worker pay and conditions?
There’s hope that Victoria's coronavirus crisis is finally peaking, but the numbers are still huge and the Premier is again warning that success relies on sick people staying away from work; and the country's top law officers decline to bring Australia into line with other democracies and raise the age …
More coronavirus deaths in Victorian aged care homes, expert Professor Kathy Eagar says they’re completely preventable and she wants homes closed and residents moved out; and the end of iconic Australian cheese brand Coon, in a racism controversy. PM has reaction from celebrity chef Peter Russell Clarke – and the …
Optimistic assumptions about Australia's recovery - that restrictions will soon ease and borders will start to open early next year, but will they? The government’s economic update contains harsh numbers that reflect a harsh reality, public policy expert Emma Dawson tells PM there should also be a plan for job …
It's Australia's worst day of the pandemic with more than 500 new cases, but epidemiologist Mary Louise McLaws is optimistic restrictions will soon work in Victoria, saving residents from an extended lockdown; and there’s alarm as a majority of Victorian coronavirus patients have failed to isolate while waiting for test …
A reprieve for some businesses and workers as the JobKeeper wage subsidy is extended out to March, though it'll be tapered and tightened; PM explain the plans, but also look at the bigger picture; how should the government address the economic havoc in its mini-budget on Thursday?
Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry gets underway as another day delivers hundreds more COVID-19 cases in that state; and a pop up testing clinic is overwhelmed at Batemans Bay, epidemiologist Catherine Bennett warns of “greater epidemic potential” in the NSW;
The Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has no intention yet, he says, to move to a stricter lock-down, but with a record of 428 new cases recorded, the data is being watched closely; and scientists call for people in vaccine trials to be exposed to the virus to speed up development, …
Victoria's health system is bracing for an influx of patients as the state records its highest daily number of COVID-19 infections; and public health expert Bill Bowtell warns that without elimination of community transmission in Victoria, a third lockdown could follow.
A new financial year has seen a new raid on superannuation accounts – but what are the implications as desperate Australians get early access to another $10,000? And health authorities link Sydney's coronavirus outbreak to one Melbourne man who'd come up before borders were closed, PM speaks with residents of …
Sir John Kerr's flurry of letters to the Queen are finally made public, revealing back and forth correspondence about the powers of the Governor General before the 1975 dismissal; and the big business lobby warns against more lockdowns, but do they have a better plan – when COVID-19 spreads so …
Victoria's outbreak may not have peaked yet, officials warn, with another day of triple digit cases including more in aged care homes; and whether struggling families are ready or not, free child care has come to an end, prompting parents to make tough choices about whether to keep working, or …
The worst day yet for Victoria as its coronavirus numbers surge, and the cycle of the virus means there's likely worse to come, as it'll take time for lockdowns to work; and concern is mounting in New South Wales with a pub closed down due to suspected cases of community …
As Beijing takes the reins in Hong Kong, Australia offers “safe haven” to more than 10,000 Hong Kong students and workers’; and as Melbourne’s coronavirus outbreak continues to run strong, we’ll hear how life in lockdown is affecting residents.
New coronavirus cases are popping up in new places as Victoria records more than one hundred new cases for the third day in a row; and could electrical vehicles be the solution to Australia's fluctuating energy supply problems, by unlocking an ability to feed in to the grid?
Melbourne is going back into lockdown, the Victorian Premier points to complacency behind the state's surging coronavirus outbreak; and there'll be more economic costs from the latest lockdown and new border closures, we speak to a 25 year veteran of the Melbourne restaurant industry, Caterina Borsato.
A tipping point's reached in the Victorian coronavirus outbreak with more cases and deaths; New South Wales is closing the border and top epidemiologist Mary-Louise McLaws tells PM the outbreak has accelerated very rapidly and it’s now time to think about locking down the whole of Melbourne.